Thursday, July 6, 2017

My Favorite Add-ons For Firefox

I started using Mozilla's Firefox when I was in Windows XP. I hate Internet Explorer 6. I discovered Firefox and it made using Windows XP workable but not for long. I installed Ubuntu 6.10 and it has Firefox as default browser. I've been using Firefox with differing add-ons and plugins. Now my plugins only consist of OpenH264 video codec. Yes I've no use for flash now. My add-ons today are:


1. NoScript
        On its default settings it blocks all scripts from running automatically. You can allow the scripts you want in the web page. The more you use it the less work there is to do and eventually it disappears in the background. Scripts are the single most dangerous things on a web page and once you click on a link, noscript is there first to disable them.

2. HTTPS Everywhere
        Half the sites in the Internet offer HTTPS in 2017. Major sites have encrypted their communications in the web. Largely from the effort of the Electronic Frontier Foundation and the TOR Project, this add-on requests websites for their https connection. Unfortunately third party contents in these https sites are still not encrypted, so if you click on them they will transfer your connection to an unsecure, unencrypted communication.

3. Privacy Badger
        Advertisers track your Internet activities as you go from one site to another. They want to know what products you clicked, or searched. This add-on prevents advertisers from seeing what you're doing. There are other add-ons that do this but Privacy Badger does not require user configuration. Just make sure it's enabled.

4. Certificate Patrol
        Expired or suspicious certificates tell you if a web site is who they tell you they are. Certificates tell you if the web site is actually the site you're trying to reach. This is especially important when you're logging in with your password or doing bank transactions.

5. GNOME shell integration
        I use Arch and GNOME desktop environment. This incorporates Firefox in GNOME.    

6. Torrent Finder Toolbar
        Helps me find torrent files for downloading stuff from the Internet.
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